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Designated For Assignment

Walking along the East 80s upon returning from Friday evening's debacle, I saw a group in front of us, likely slightly inebriated, trying to have a little fun at the expense of passerby.

They'd pick women walking in the opposite direction, offer them a high-five, Borat-style, then pull the hand away at the last moment.

It was funny the first time, not so much the fifth.

It was kind of like what the Mets did to their fans on Friday. They offered a high-five in the afternoon, than pulled it away when evening came.

But any day in which you can expunge Dave Kingman's name from the record books is good, I suppose. Though I would say that the best thing about this Mets-Yankees double-dip is that it proved that Carlos Delgado's best position is DH.

Delgado on Friday...

* Passed Dave Kingman on the all-time home run list (Delgado's 444 are two better than Kingman for 34th all-time)

* Broke Dave Kingman's 32-year-old club record for RBI in a game (8).

Most RBI in Game
Mets History
9- Carlos Delgado, at Yankees, 2008
8- Dave Kingman, at Dodgers, 1976
7- Paul Lo Duca, Jose Valentin, Todd Hundley, Jeromy Burnitz, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Darryl Straweberry Donn Clendenon.

* Broke a record that Kingman shared, not mentioned on the afternoon telecast, but perhaps mentioned in the evening: Most RBI by a DH

Most RBI In Game by a DH

9- Carlos Delgado, 2008 Mets
8- Jose Canseco, 1994 Rangers
8- Dave Kingman, 1984 Athletics
8- Don Baylor, 1979 Angels

Delgado also tied the record for most RBI by an opponent in Yankee Stadium, but that was set by Roy Howell (1977 Blue Jays), not Dave Kingman, so it doesn't quite fit the theme.

True Metsignated hitters know...Carlos Delgado, with his two home runs, tied Rusty Staub for 20th on the all-time Mets home run list, with 75. He's less than halfway to Kingman's 154 Mets home runs, which rank fourth in team history.

Oh, and if I may continue to obsess over "My Rays," let us note that rookie Evan Longoria tied a Rays record Friday with his third straight game with 3+ hits (mark shared by Randy Winn and Steve Cox). The last Met with 3 straight games of 3+ hits is currently a Ray: Cliff Floyd, who did that in 2003. The Mets club record is four straight games with 3+ hits, set by Brett Butler in 1995.


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